• Vineeth Veeramachaneni

Privacy And Quantum Computers; When Worlds Collide

Can one security platform handle the time of transition between quantum computers and traditional systems? This will delicate and dangerous moment when there will be vulnerabilities. The new class of quantum computing engineers needs to find a compatible platform for both. Then jettisons when quantum computing becomes the primary network. Sentient AI security platform understands which platform it’s dealing with, with the ability to upgrade when there is just a quantum computer system. Is it possible to have a sentient computer and a conscious cybersecurity system?

From a healthcare perspective, a security network that bridges both conventional computer systems and quantum will allow for personalized encryption (phenotypic/genotypic keys, authentication schemes), so that patient data is protected. On the other hand, medical information is kept in mass records, usually not safeguarded that securely. The threat of leaked medical documents is only amplified with Quantum Computers, and the only way to protect is to make sure we have an end to end encryption with quantum computing. Startups are popping up to create single-source patient data so that they do not depend on doctors for their own information. While this makes access to data more accessible for the patient, it creates a honeypot for hackers and leaves data extremely vulnerable.

Our military is by the day more connected to a complex system of computers that control satellites, nuclear weapons, ground forces, navies — all the instruments of war. If these codes and policies are broken into then, civilization reaches a critical point of perhaps no return. Although the Department of Defense has some of the most robust cybersecurity systems in the world, if quantum computers land in the hands of a hacker with the intent of dismantling the military, then these encryption schemes would become obsolete. Wars may not be fought with troops anymore, but with people in a room shutting down or redirecting weapons to cause mass casualties. To solve this problem — to defend against another quantum computer — we will need a quantum computer that would be able to respond to, to predict and prevent threats. We need to simulate war games where an interactive Artificial Intelligence to model attacks that adversaries may present, almost like a naval war college practice course for the Quantum Computer.

This transition to a world of only quantum computers will happen gradually, the big fish will get the quantum computers first (Department of Defense, big companies, hospitals), and then the rest will receive the new technology by the trickle-down effect and the marketplace.

What would happen when the new world and the old world meet? It is not like the moment when automatic transmission took over the car, and we were left unable to “feel” the speed of the car. We have never had full control over computers, so creating an integrated system to shift security from traditional to quantum computers would not lose any of the human aspects; instead, it would be a direct upgrade.

To make this happen, we will need first to figure out what quantum computers require regarding cybersecurity, and how to create an encryption scheme that eliminates any threat that they pose. From there we would have to be able to translate that system to traditional computers. If the two plans are not immediately compatible, then we would need to be able to create a system, possibly using artificial intelligence to integrate both traditional and quantum computers together under one standard cybersecurity scheme.

Quantum computers have surpassed today the capabilities of supercomputers, and we will need to create our methods to understand their processes and data. AI may be the way to understand this new world being born.


© 2019 by Vineeth Veeramachaneni